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Growing grapes

By Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist

As I travel around Northwest Missouri helping homeowners with their horticultural problems, I sometimes find a few grapevines in their yards. This is an interesting plant, with both food and landscaping potential. And its fruit can be used in a number of versatile ways. I often wonder why more people don’t grow them.

Grapes are included in the family Vitaceae, and the common genus we

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MU receives USDA grant to help veterans, Latinos, women and others to farm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $179,614 grant to the University of Missouri to support efforts to help to veterans, Latinos, women and socially disadvantaged persons to farm or go into agribusiness.

The grant will fund eight workshops over the course of a year, said MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch.

MU Extension specialists will offer “Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs” and “Grow Your

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Water issues in Coffey

City of Coffey, your water is about to go off …

Due to a leak, the water will be shut off in Coffey about 4 p.m. today (Oct. 19).

Although the water will only be off for a short time (approx. one-half hour) the entire town will then be under boil advisory until further notice!

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The music of life keeps time with the ‘Singing Barber from Gilman City’

By T.L. Huffman

Bill Whitten, the Singing Barber of Gilman City

There has never been a page in Bill Whitten’s life where music has not written the better part. From when he was a tike listing to the radio, through his Army days, his marriage, his barber shop in Gilman City, his church, to his jam sessions, music has been in the background, setting the tempo and keeping the beat.

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Pattonsburg Multi-Purpose Center News

Bill Hanks of McFall has donated his chest freezer to the center. With increased demand for home-delivered meals in the area, there was need for a place to store them before they get sent out on the route.

When it came to moving the freezer from the parking lot into the center, Chris Hodge, Pattonsburg RII High School Principal, had the answer. He picked up one end of it and

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Decorate for Christmas by Nov. 19 for contests

Are you already thinking about Christmas?

Local holiday festivities come early when Gallatin’s annual “Christmas Around the Square” unfolds on Saturday, Nov. 19 — just one month away! This year’s theme echoes the popular comedy movie, “Meet the Griswolds.”

Decoration contests will be conducted for the categories of home and business. Those participating must have their decorations glowing by Nov. 19 to be eligible for prizes. More details about this

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Gallatin Fire Protection District

The Gallatin Fire Protection District reports the following incident responses for the month of September:

Sept. 5, 1854 hrs, EMS Call at 102 N Main; Sept. 12, 1218 hrs, medical assist at 24598 210th St.; Sept. 17, 1300 hrs, public service at Van Buren & Market; Sept. 17, 1630 hrs, public service at Richardson St.; Sept. 19, 2110 hrs, severe weather assessment at Hwy 13 & Hwy M; Sept. 27,

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Knee-Hi 4-H’ers have a fire truck ‘experience’

4-h-firemanThe Knee-Hi 4-H club met Oct. 12 at the Gallatin First Christian Church with 21 members in attendance. The Gallatin Fire Department was the October program. GFD brought out three trucks including the ladder truck. Fire Chief Doug Hamilton explained the different situations each truck is used for and the members were able to ask questions and sit in all of the trucks. The meeting then resumed with officer elections.

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Caraways observe 60 years

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Joe Caraway and Laura Charlene Lynn were married Oct. 20, 1956. They exchanged wedding vows at the Ketron Chapel, a little Methodist Church in the countryside east of Gallatin. Reverend Porter Hopkins performed the  ceremony. Shirley Holcomb was maid of honor and Kenneth Fletcher was groomsman.

The Caraways have one daughter, Sherri (Carl) Carder of Gallatin. Granddaughters are Brandi (Lance) Moritz, Platte City, and Brook (Justin) Kreatz, Chillicothe. Their great-grandchildren

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